The game between the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos was touted as one of the best games in the first week of the college football season. The players enjoyed a pregame handshake to start the game, promoting sportsmanship and goodwill between the two schools.
Then, without warning, it all went right out the window for Ducks' tailback LeGarrette Blount, as he punched a Boise State player after the player tapped him on the shoulder pad. He has since been suspended for the season and faces other action from the university as well.
I’m not exactly sure what the Boise State player said to him, but there was absolutely no excuse for what Blount did. It certainly looks like the Boise State player did taunt him a little bit, but that doesn’t equal a punch to the face.
Even after the incident, Blount had to be carried off the field by a group of security and police officers. I can understand that, in the heat of the game, you might get into a shoving match with another player, but this was after the game.
Boise State had already won the game; there was nothing else that Oregon could have done to change the score. There was absolutely no reason to do anything except go to the locker room and get ready to go back to Eugene.
In high school sports, you are taught the importance of good sportsmanship, whether you are a player, coach, or a person working on the field. Somehow, that lesson goes away when you hit college and the pros. Suddenly, all the lessons anyone taught you about being a good sport and respecting your opponent don’t even matter anymore.
I’m not saying that all the blame rests on Blount. A little bit of the blame rests on Boise State defensive end Byron Hout for baiting Blount into punching him. However, that does not excuse him from going off and knocking out a player.
When you play any sport for any school (be it high school, college, etc.), you are representing your school, and you are expected to, through your actions, be a good representative of your school.
Obviously, Blount forgot that not once, but twice, as he has been suspended before for his behavior.
In short, LeGarrette Blount embarrassed the Oregon football program with his antics. If I were his head coach, I would make sure that he doesn’t see a football field without a ticket for a long time.
I know this is his senior season, but he should have thought about that before raising his fist in anger and bad sportsmanship.
Hopefully, this is one Duck that doesn’t fly for a long time, if ever again.